Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector Calibration and Settings

Once again, we adjust the general controls and perform a grayscale calibration. As is normal, we do not do a full individual color CMS calibration. We leave that for your calibrator. If you aren’t into calibrating your VPL-VW95ES – either yourself (hobbyist), or hiring, then we strongly recommend you try plugging in our settings, and seeing if you like them better than the defaults.

The initial red caste to black (mentioned elsewhere) was always below our ability to measure. That said, over the 120+ hours we put on the projector, it seems to be almost completely gone. This may have been a characteristic of this particular lamp.

Sony VPL-VW95ES Basic Settings - Pre-calibration

 Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis):
DynamicStandardCinema 1Cinema 2Cinema 3
Contrast (Max) 89898991-91
Brightness (50) 53 53 53 -50 51
Tint (50)-50-50-50-50-50
Color Temp(High)(Middle)(Low 1)(Low 2)(Low 1)
Color Space(Wide 3)(Normal)(Wide 1)(Wide 2)(Normal)
Iris(Auto 1)(Auto 1)(Auto1)(Off)(Off)

Lamp Mode=High (unless noted otherwise)

All other settings at default (untouched)

 Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis):
PhotoUser 1User 2
Contrast (90)89(90)
Brightness (50) 51 53 (50)
Tint (50)(50)(50)(50)
Color Temp(Low 2)(Low 1)(Low 1)
Color Space(Normal)(Low 1)(Normal)
Iris(Manual=50)(Auto 1)(Off)

Sony VPL-VW95ES Color Temperature

VPL-VW1000ES Lumen Output and Color Temp at 100 IRE (mid zoom)
Dynamic859 @ 10495, 954 lumens @ 8508 with Color Temp on Custom 5
Standard804 @ 8824
Cinema 1718 @ 6908
Cinema 2646 @ 5719
Cinema 3722 @ 6917
Game721 @ 6923
Photo523 @ 5663
User 1723 @ 6923
User 2715 @ 6921

Lumen Output (Low Lamp, Dynamic mode):  497

Effect of zoom on lumen output (Dynamic mode):

Zoom out: 928, 1031 on Custom 5 Color Temp

Mid-zoom: 859

Zoom in: 701


Effect of Iris settings on lumen output (Dynamic mode):

Iris on Manual (maximum opening) = 786

Iris on Manual (50% open) = 653

Iris on Manual (minimum opening) = 392

Iris Off or on Auto 1 or 2 = 859

Color Temp over IRE Range (Best Mode, Pre calibration): Cinema 3
30 IRE7453
50 IRE7275
80 IRE7121
100 IRE6917

The Sony starts out just a bit cool, but that is easily corrected.


VW95ES Post Calibration settings
User 2 – Custom 3 Color TempQuick Cal of User 1 – Custom 5 Color Temp

Calibration settings for User 2:
Color Temp on Custom 3, Iris off, Gamma off, Color Space on Normal, Color on 47, all other settings on default or as previously stated.

Sony VPL-VW95ES Post Calibration Grayscale: User 2 (based on Cinema 3) "Best"

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration)
20 IRE =6490
30 IRE =6557
40 IRE =6554
50 IRE =6550
60 IRE =6510
70 IRE =6489
80 IRE =6460
90 IRE =6422
100 IRE =6602
 Average gamma = 2.22

Best Mode Brightness: Lumens at 100 IRE:           725 @ 6552K 

Brightest Mode Brightness: Lumens at 100 IRE:   877 @ 7830K      


Mike’s NOTES:  Quite a bit brighter than the VW90.  Excellent grayscale and gamma (without using custom gamma) results.  As usual, Sony provides a range of color spaces that make using a CMS unnecessary.  If you look at the CIE charts, Normal color space is very close to the Rec. 709 standard.  Wide 1, 2 and 3 expand the gamut to varying degrees, with Wide 3 being the largest gamut.

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News and Comments

  • Gruhm

    Why does it say HC5020 Calibration settings for the last table? Also, I punched them in on my vw95es, and they didn’t look quite right…VERY blue


      The HC5020 thing was a sloppy typo–sorry about that.

      As for the settings…We just checked them, and made some corrections. Some of our pages may have some errors since we converted the entire site to the new wordpress format. (Converting 10,000 pages isn’t easy). We spotted a couple errors above and we have fixed them. So sorry for the inconvenience. The numbers should now work just right.

      • Gruhm

        Are those User 2 settings for Cinema 1, Cinema 2, or Cinema 3?


          Mike, our calibrator, has this to say to clarify: “User 2 is separate from the others, but it’s virtually the same as Cinema 3 by default. So, calibrating User 2 is like calibrating Cinema 3.”